Alex Trebek slammed for 'sexist' comment to female 'Jeopardy!' contestant

Alex Trebek is being slammed as "sexist" after turning heads with a question that he asked a female contestant on Tuesday night's episode of "Jeopardy!"

While speaking to Lisa Beth Davis, who ended the night in second place, the longtime host asked her about the job she had before she retired.

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"Retired Army Master Sergeant," Trebek said. "That must be really tough for a woman, because a Master Sergeant is giving orders most of the time. How was it for you?"

"I'm pretty bossy -- I'm the oldest -- so I know how to tell people what to do," she responded.

 

 

"You're the oldest in your family," Trebek replied. "Did you have brothers?"

"I have sisters," she replied.

"Did you boss them around?" he asked.

"Oh, yes," David responded.

"So you learned how to do it?" Trebek finished. "Good for you!"

Though the "Jeopardy!" hopeful handled the moment well, Trebek asking Davis if her profession was difficult for her because of her gender definitely garnered him backlash on Twitter, with many accusing the game show legend of being "sexist."

Reactions to Alex Trebek's comment:

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"That is some really bold sexism, especially directed at a former US military officer," one user tweeted.

"Alex Trebek told a female contestant who’s a retired Army master sergeant that it must be really tough for a woman to be a master sergeant because a master sergeant is giving orders most of the time," someone else said. "Alex, it’s 2017. Women can do and be whatever the f--k they want."

Trebek has yet to respond to the criticism he's receiving for his comment.

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 Three football buffs step up to challenge Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers, and special guest Alex Trebek stops by to give host Andy Richter a few pointers.

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Alex Trebek speaks during a rehearsal before a taping of Jeopardy! Power Players Week at DAR Constitution Hall on April 21, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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TV game show host Alex Trebek is interviewed at the 'Jeopardy!' Hall of Fame Sony Pictures Studios tour ribbon cutting ceremony at Sony Pictures Studios on September 20, 2011 in Culver City, California.

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 20: 'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek attends the 2016 USO Gala on October 20, 2016 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
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